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Glenn Thibeault

MP, Official Opposition Critic for Small Business

Glenn Thibeault is a Canadian politician. Since 2008, he has represented the Ontario electoral district of Sudbury in the Canadian House of Commons
Budget 2014 Struck a Blow to Small

Budget 2014 Struck a Blow to Small Business

While the Conservatives like to talk a big game, Canada's SMEs have received very little attention from the Harper government. Instead, when it comes to making policy, the Conservatives have made their priorities clear: they're on the side of Bay Street -- not Main Street.
04/17/2014 06:21 EDT
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Will Your Credit Card Company Protect Against Fraud? Check Again

Many Canadians remain concerned about the security of e-commerce transactions. To combat this perception, credit card companies have publicized their commitment to zero-liability policies. That's why it is very alarming that many consumers are finding that financial institutions are now refusing to honour their own, self-promoted zero liability policies in situations where the card has been compromised.
03/25/2014 12:30 EDT
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Tories Have Pushed Canadian Tourism Off the Map

Despite the importance of travel and tourism to the Canadian economy, the Conservative government's failure to show leadership in this area has created serious challenges for the sector over the past decade. By cutting the budget of the Canada Tourism Commission, the Conservatives are moving Canada in the wrong direction.
12/03/2013 12:25 EST
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Your Credit Card Is a Big Cost to Small Businesses

Canada's small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are at the heart of our economy. These vital businesses are facing a serious challenge, however: their costs are skyrocketing due to the excessive credit card processing fees. Canada's small business owners pay some of the highest credit card processing fees in the world.
10/25/2013 05:45 EDT

Conservative "Consumer Focus" More Spin Than Substance

Canadians continue to struggle with job security, stagnant wages and skyrocketing costs for essential goods. Household debt is at a record 166 per cent of disposable income; and with two-thirds of Canadians living paycheque-to-paycheque, family budgets are stretched to the breaking point. In a country as prosperous as ours it is unacceptable -- and entirely avoidable -- that so many hardworking Canadians find themselves living from hand to mouth. New Democrats recognize that the government can, and must, take action to alleviate this financial strain. Strong, consumer-focused policies like the NDP has proposed for many years are a good first step.
10/09/2013 05:33 EDT
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How "Pay-to-Pay" Fees Gouge Canadians

Recently, some Canadians have been shocked when they opened their monthly invoice to find a new fee tacked on to their bill. This is because many banks, telecom companies and a variety of other service providers are now charging a fee to customers who wish to receive their monthly bills in the mail. These so called "pay-to-pay" fees unfairly target seniors, those who do not have regular access to the internet or do not feel comfortable performing such transactions online, and represents yet another unnecessary expense for Canadian families already struggling to pay their bills.
07/31/2013 08:29 EDT